About Us

The Division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research aims to advance the fundamental understanding of how soil microorganisms and plants respond to and in turn shape their abiotic and biotic environment, and what consequences these interactions have for the functioning of the Earth’s ecosystems.

Researchers at TER address pressing environmental issues, such as the impact of climate change on ecosystem functioning and the role of soils in the global carbon cycle and in food security.



This Friday from 17:00 the University of Vienna Biology Building foyer will become an open space for the general public to experience interactive...


Congratulations to Cornelia Rottensteiner, who successfully defended her MSc thesis on Tuesday May 22nd, 2024.


Her thesis on “What controls...


Congratulations to Annes-Sophie, Nathalie, and Hana, who successfully defended their MSc thesis between March 11th and 18th 2024. Anne-Sophie Schwenk:...


Yong-Guan Zhu

Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences & Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Lecture Hall HS5, UZA2...

Ivan Janssens

Centre of Excellence of Global Change Ecology, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Lecture Hall HS2, UZA 1

Naoise Nunan

Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences IEES Paris, France

Lecture Hall HS2, UZA 1

 Latest Publications

Schmider T, Hestnes AG, Brzykcy J, Schmidt H, Schintlmeister A, Roller BRK et al. Physiological basis for atmospheric methane oxidation and methanotrophic growth on air. Nature Communications. 2024 May 16;15(1):4151. Epub 2024 May 16. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-48197-1

Martin V, Schmidt H, Canarini A, Koranda M, Hausmann B, Müller CW et al. Soil cover shapes organic matter pools and microbial communities in soils of maritime Antarctica. Geoderma. 2024 Apr 26;446:116894. Epub 2024 Apr 26. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2024.116894

Imminger S, Meier DV, Schintlmeister A, Legin A, Schnecker J, Richter A et al. Survival and rapid resuscitation permit limited productivity in desert microbial communities. Nature Communications. 2024 Dec;15(1):3056. Epub 2024 Apr 17. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-46920-6

Cusack DF, Christoffersen B, Smith-Martin CM, Andersen KM, Cordeiro AL, Fleischer K et al. Toward a coordinated understanding of hydro-biogeochemical root functions in tropical forests for application in vegetation models. New Phytologist. 2024 Apr 1;242(2):351-371. Epub 2024 Mar 20. doi: 10.1111/nph.19561